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Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic (Apprenticeship)

Credential:
Certificate
Program Code:
1347
School:
Trades & Apprenticeship
Academic Year:
2018 / 2019
Accelerated Delivery?
No

About the Program

This 720-hour program, which consists of a 240-hour level 1, a 240-hour level 2, and a 240-hour level 3, is designed to provide the apprentice with theoretical knowledge of refrigeration and air conditioning systems as well as practical training necessary to complement the apprentice's on-the-job training experience. See Apprenticeship - General Information.

Program Information

Length: 720-hour Certificate program delivered in three components
Location: Waterloo
Start: Varies

Admission Requirements

Note:

What is Apprenticeship?

For information on the apprenticeship system in Ontario, including how to register as an apprentice, visit the apprenticeship section of our website.

On-the-Job Experience

Once you have decided which occupation best suits your interests and talents, it is up to you to find an employer willing to employ you as an apprentice.

In-School Training

Conestoga College provides the in-school training portion for a variety of skilled trades. You will be released from work to attend trade school either in a block or a one-day-a-week format, depending on the trade and delivery options.

Tuition & Fees

Fees are set by MAESD as per the Offer of Classroom Training.
Books, safety equipment, tools, and parking fees are additional.
Refer to the apprentice orientation page for further details on these additional fees (First Day Checklist).
Applicants are registered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Graduate Opportunities

Refrigeration and air conditioning systems mechanics are employed in all areas of the construction industry - residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional - installing, assembling, and connecting mechanical components.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Exemption Testing

Apprentices may challenge the in-school portion of apprenticeship levels from a variety of trade-specific apprenticeship programs depending on their level of expertise and time spent on the job. Non-apprentices can likewise challenge the in-school portion of the program starting first at level one. For more information about Exemption Testing - Apprentices and Non-Apprentices please visit: http://www.conestogac.on.ca/testing-services/exemption.jsp

Program Courses

Course Details (1347)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
ELEC1120 Electrical Fundamentals

Description: The student will learn the operating principles and fundamentals of an electrical system and components used in refrigeration and air conditioning systems.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MECH1650 Trade Practice I

Description: The student will learn the responsibilities of employers and employees related to safe working practices and protection of the environment in accordance with applicable Acts, Regulations, Legislation and Codes. The student will also be able to demonstrate procedures for the installation and commissioning of mechanical cooling systems.
Hours: 75
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MECH1660 Trade Theory I

Description: The student will learn about the fundamentals of a mechanical cooling system, its components and accessories.
Hours: 70
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

WELD1400 Metal Cutting and Joining

Description: This course will introduce the student to the concepts of Oxy-Fuel Welding (OFW), Air Acetylene Welding (AAW), Brazing (OFB), Torch Soldering (TS) and Oxy-Fuel Cutting (OFC). Theory class will cover the safe set up and working practices of these processes as well as introduce the student to the fundamental concepts involved in each process operation. The shop component will see the student implement safe working practices along with skills development in the area of OFW, AAW, OFB, TS and the OFC process. Students will practice the butt, lap and t-joint on mild steel using the above welding processes, solder/braze copper pipe and related joints and use the OFC process to make straight and bevel cuts, pierce holes and cut shapes out of mild steel plate. Students will learn about the required equipment and demonstrate proper and safe setup procedures.
Hours: 35
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 2
DRWG2000 Plans and Calculations

Description: The apprentice will learn to interpret building plans; demonstrate freehand sketching; gather data for the refrigeration storage of products; and calculate heat gain in refrigeration and air conditioning systems for Industrial, Commercial or Institutional applications.
Hours: 35
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ELEC2030 Electrical and Control Systems II

Description: The apprentice will learn about the operating principles and function of electrical components and controls used in refrigeration and air conditioning systems for Industrial, Commercial or Institutional applications.
Hours: 70
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MECH2300 Trade Practice II

Description: In this course students will examine inventory control, stock and restocking systems and procedures, updating inventory obsolete stock, parts request procedures and special order parts and terms. Students will conduct a comparison between dealership and independent operation. The student will also cover parts delivery/comebacks for part return procedures.
Hours: 70
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MECH2310 Trade Theory II

Description: The apprentice will be able to describe the operating principles and function of cooling systems and components used for refrigeration and cooling systems in Industrial, Commercial or Institutional applications. The apprentice will also be able to interpret thermodynamic tables; plot or determine cooling cycles from pressure enthalpy information; and describe the application of fluorocarbons, ammonia and other refrigerants used in refrigeration and air conditioning systems across these applications.
Hours: 70
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 3
DRWG3070 Prints and Calculations

Description: The apprentice will learn to interpret building drawings and job documentation; demonstrate sketching for installations; identify heat sources; and perform heat gain and heat loss calculations for refrigeration and air conditioning systems in Industrial, Commercial or Institutional applications.
Hours: 15
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ELEC3000 Electrical and Control Systems III

Description: The apprentice will learn the operating principles and function of electrical and control systems on refrigeration and control systems on refrigeration and air conditioning systems in Industrial, Commercial or Institutional applications. The apprentice will also learn the procedures for installing and maintaining electronic devices and controls on refrigeration and air conditioning systems across these applications.
Hours: 105
Credits: 7
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MECH3000 Trade Practice III

Description: The apprentice will learn maintenance procedures for refrigeration and air cooling systems in Industrial, Commercial or Institutional applications.
Hours: 52
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MECH3010 Trade Theory III

Description: The apprentice will learn to describe the operating principles and functions of air distribution systems on refrigeration and air conditioning systems across a variety of applications.
Hours: 70
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Program Objectives

Program Handbook

Handbook

Apprenticeship Registration

Before registering as an apprenticeship you must:
  • Find an employer
  • Request registration from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development
  • Confirm your seat with Conestoga once you have received your offer of classroom training from the Ministry
  • Pay the appropriate classroom fee

    Registration for the in-school training portion is on a first-come, first-served basis. All apprentices in Ontario are required to be a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Trades. Visit Employment Ontario's Start an apprenticeship website for more details. If you have questions pertaining to the in-school training portion, call Conestoga at 519-748-5220 ext. 3382.

Disclaimer

The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.

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